America’s Rating as a Free Country Continues to Plummet

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This is a sad article for me to post….we are losing our freedoms folks.

Freedom can be defined in many ways. However, one of the greatest indicators of freedom and liberty is economic freedom. True free-market capitalism is the basis of individual liberty. However, America is no longer a top 5 contender, and we haven’t been for a years. Actually, America is barely even in the top 10. The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom study reports that America continues to fail. Who took first place in economic freedom in 2012? The

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answer may surprise you. It was Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s score was an 89.9%, which was a 0.2% increase from 2011. Following Hong Kong in order: Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Chile, Mauritius, Ireland, and finally America at number 10. America’s economic freedom score was a 76.3%, which is down 1.5% from 2011. In fact, America is no longer even rated as a “Free” nation, which is a title granted only to countries with a score above 80%, but a “Mostly Free” nation. Right behind America rated at number 11 is Denmark. Denmark places the highest total tax pressure on its citizens in the world.

This study takes the following 10 benchmarks into account when rating countries: Freedom from corruption, property rights, individual fiscal freedom, restrained government spending, monetary freedom, business freedom, labor freedom, trade freedom, investment freedom, and financial freedom. As mentioned earlier, economic freedom is more vast than it may sound on the surface. It includes all of the above benchmarks, which affect our everyday lives. Money is not the root of all evil; however it is at the root of our lives and if we are not economically free one must ask themselves if our freedom simply a fallacy. There are 9 other countries more economically free than America and our rating is dropping drastically. In 2010, America was rated number 8.  With the numbers trending down and all of the benchmarks trending towards negative values America’s rating should not be expected to improve when the 2013 ratings are released.

There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty. -Margaret Thatcher

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The North American Union Continues: Mexico and Canada Invited to Join the Secret TPP Negotiations

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If you think the North American Union or the SPP was stopped, think again!

This week President Obama and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk announced that Canada and Mexico have been invited to join the secret negotiations aimed at establishing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

We are delighted to invite Mexico, our neighbor and second largest export market, to join the TPP negotiations. Mexico’s interest in the TPP reflects its recognition that the TPP presents the most promising pathway to boosting trade across the Asia Pacific and to encouraging regional trade integration. We look forward to continuing consultations with the Congress and domestic stakeholders as we move forward.

That statement was followed by a similar one on Tuesday welcoming Canada to the TPP fold:

Inviting Canada to join the TPP negotiations presents a unique opportunity for the United States to build upon this already dynamic trading relationship. Through TPP, we are bringing the relationship with our largest trading partner into the 21st century. We look forward to continuing consultations with the Congress and domestic stakeholders regarding Canada’s entry into the TPP as we move closer to a broad-based, high-standard trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region.

Notably, in both statements Ambassador Kirk places the approval of “domestic stakeholders” (read: large corporations) on a level with that of the Congress. It is precisely this exalting of big business that has troubled many of the people’s representatives in Congress.

For example, last week Zach Carter of the Huffington Post reported that Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness, was stonewalled by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) when he attempted to see any of the draft documents related to the governance of the TPP.

In response to this rebuff, Wyden proposed a measure in the Senate that would force transparency on the process and that was enough to convince the USTR to grant the Senator a peek at the documents, though his staff was not permitted to peruse them.

Wyden spokeswoman Jennifer Hoelzer told HuffPost that such accommodations were “better than nothing” but not ideal in light of the well-known fact that on Capitol Hill the real work of drafting and evaluating legislation is performed by the representatives’ staff members who are often experts in particular areas of domestic and foreign policy.

“I would point out how insulting it is for them to argue that members of Congress are to personally go over to USTR to view the trade documents,” Hoelzer said. “An advisor at Halliburton or the MPAA is given a password that allows him or her to go on the USTR website and view the TPP agreement anytime he or she wants.”

That’s right. A duly elected senator of the United States has to beg and plead and threaten legislation in order to be able to gain access to the TPP trade agreement, but corporate interests are given by a password by the USTR that grants them a priori access to those same documents.

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The Source of Food Is None of Your Business, Says WTO.

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What these people don’t understand is that Treaties don’t override the Constitution, they must abide by it as well….if not the Treaty is unconstitutional.

Do you want to know what country produced the food you eat? Too bad, says the World Trade Organization (WTO). That’s a barrier to free trade, so you don’t get to know.

The US instituted a labeling law requiring that all foods’ country of origin be on the label; it was part of the 2008 Farm Bill. Canada and Mexico complained to the WTO, saying that it would discourage food imports. It took three years, but the WTO decided that labeling food with its country of origin is a “technical barrier to trade”.  In 1979, the US signed a treaty that includes prevention of technical barriers to trade. Of course, that term was not fully

WTO No!Do you want to defined. It was up to the WTO to say just what it means. And they’ve done just that in regard to food—though for some inexplicable reason, meat is not included. Therefore, country of origin labeling can continue with meat.

But if you’d like to know that the honey on a supermarket shelf did not come from China— where much of it is produced by badly abused bees, is often contaminated with lead, may contain an antibiotic, and sometimes doesn’t even contain any honey—well, that’s just too bad. You don’t have a right to know.

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is not cool to the WTO.  You see, COOL is a TBT, a technical barrier to trade. The United States of America, along with virtually all other nations of the world, has signed treaties with the WTO that give it authority over matters of trade—authority to say what is and is not legal inside countries if the issue affects trade. At the moment, this ruling affects only the US, but it obviously will not be limited to it.

Nearly every nation of the world has handed over its sovereignty to the WTO. Click here to see a world map showing the nations that do and don’t belong to the WTO.

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Obama: Let Mexican trucks roll!…..defies unions, ignores Congress

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This is unbelievable, just who does this Constitutional Lawyer President think he is? He hasn’t got the Constitutional authority to do this,yet he ignores that fact and does it anyway…..unbelievable!

Obama: Let Mexican trucks roll!
President opens border, defies unions, ignores Congress

At a White House press conference last week with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon, President Obama announced the end to what has been a nearly 20-month ban on Mexican trucks crossing the U.S. border to roam freely on U.S. roads. 

Remarkably, Obama made the decision without consulting Congress, even though the halt to the Bush administration’s Mexican truck demonstration project came about when Congress voted to prohibit the Department of Transportation from spending further on the effort.

The Wall Street Journal reported that half the $2.4 billion in punitive tariffs imposed by Mexico after Congress rescinded funds and put an end to the Bush-era push to allow Mexican trucks into the U.S. will be suspended when the deal is signed by the U.S. and Mexico, expected within 60 days.

The remainder of the tariffs will be lifted when the first Mexican long-haul company complies with a series of U.S. certification requirements, including English language proficiency, drug testing and safety examinations.

Democrats in Congress, such as Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., who were outspoken critics of the Bush administration sought to allow Mexican trucks access to U.S. roads, were silent when a Democrat in the White House sought to revive the effort.

Trucking unions outraged

The decision by the Obama decision is a slap in the face to labor unions, such as the Teamsters who fought Bush bitterly on the issue and backed Obama’s presidential run in 2008, only to be embarrassed that Obama did not deliver on campaign promises to renegotiate NAFTA in favor of U.S. workers.

The Owner Operated Independent Driver Association, or OOIDA, was outraged.

“Simply unbelievable,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of OOIDA. “For all the president’s talk of helping small businesses survive, his administration is sure doing their best to destroy small trucking companies and the drivers they employ.”

Obama ready to let Mexican trucks roll

The
starting point for negotiations between Mexico and the United States is a
“Concept Document” that DOT has published on its website, titled “Phased U.S.-Mexico Cross Border Long Haul Trucking Proposal.”

In
March 2009, President Obama signed the $410 billion omnibus funding
bill into law that included provisions withdrawing funds from the
Department of Transportation with the goal of terminating the Bush
administration’s highly controversial Mexican truck demonstration
project.

Obama administration’s Mexican truck ‘pilot program’

A
sticking point has been Mexico’s insistence that DOT running another
demonstration project like the Bush-era “pilot program” will not be
sufficient to cause Mexico to lift the sanctions.

Instead, Mexico
wants the Obama administration to agree to open U.S. roads to Mexican
long-haul rigs on a permanent basis that cannot be stopped once again by
a congressional decision to cut-off DOT funding for inspecting and
regulating Mexican trucks operating on U.S. roads.

Still, DOT
plans to operate under existing statutory authority to proceed with a
phased-in pilot program that may run for a maximum of three years.

After
that, DOT would be required to evaluate the success of the pilot
program before granting long-haul authority to additional Mexican
carriers.

A DOT spokesman told WND that the current Obama
administration plan is to publish a Federal Register notice describing
the Mexican truck pilot program once the negotiations with Mexico have
been concluded.

DOT is currently in the process of identifying
available funds to fund the Mexican truck phase-in pilot program, and to
go to Congress only if the program negotiated with Mexico demands
additional resources that only Congress can authorize.

Otherwise,
the Obama administration current effort in working with Congress appears
to be an effort to build public relations support, rather than to set
the stage for new legislation that would directly reverse the funding
prohibition on continuing the Bush-era Mexican truck demonstration
project that Congress placed in the 2009 omnibus spending bill.

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Canada, U.S. agree to use each other’s troops in civil emergencies

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As our oldest daughter would say…….”is something wrong with this picture?” Just what Steve talked about to Jerome Corsi many times on his radio program…The North American Union (SPP)…We can thank King Obama for this….someone refresh my memory……Where in the Constitution does the President of the United States get the authority to sign an agreement like this and make it binding?

Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other’s borders during an emergency, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal.

Neither the Canadian government nor the Canadian Forces announced the new agreement, which was signed Feb. 14 in Texas.

The U.S. military’s Northern Command, however, publicized the agreement
with a statement outlining how its top officer, Gen. Gene Renuart, and
Canadian Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, head of Canada Command, signed the plan,
which allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of
the other nation during a civil emergency.

The new agreement has been greeted with suspicion by the left wing in Canada and the right wing in the U.S. (And rightly so I might add)
“It’s kind of a trend when it comes to issues of Canada-U.S. relations
and contentious issues like military integration. We see that this
government is reluctant to disclose information to Canadians that is
readily available on American and Mexican websites,” said Stuart Trew, a
researcher with the Council of Canadians.

Trew said there is
potential for the agreement to militarize civilian responses to
emergency incidents. He noted that work is also underway for the two
nations to put in place a joint plan to protect common infrastructure
such as roadways and oil pipelines.

“Are we going to see (U.S.) troops on our soil for minor potential threats to a pipeline or a road?” he asked.

Trew
also noted the U.S. military does not allow its soldiers to operate
under foreign command (Oh we don’t? Then why are our soldiers under UN command at time?) so there are questions about who controls American
forces if they are requested for service in Canada. “We don’t know the
answers because the government doesn’t want to even announce the plan,”
he said.

“But there’s no agreement to allow troops to come in,” he said. “It
facilitates planning and co-ordination between the two militaries. The
‘allow’ piece is entirely up to the two governments.”

If U.S.
forces were to come into Canada they would be under tactical control of
the Canadian Forces but still under the command of the U.S. military,
Scanlon added.

On right-wing blogs in the U.S. it is being used as evidence of a plan
for a “North American union” where foreign troops, not bound by U.S.
laws, could be used by the American federal government to override local
authorities.
Canada.com

Outside opinions…

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This is a Very interesting read and well worth your time.

AMPUTATE OR DIE

Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler
Thursday, 17 June 2010

It was a sobering dinner party last night (6/16).  Hosted by a London billionaire in his exquisite home – a Boccaccio hung on the wall behind me – the wine flowed liberally, but the conversation between the ten of us was stone-cold serious.

There were lighter moments, as when I proposed a toast to “a great hero of Europe – Geert Wilders.”  Every one raised their glass in a smile, but the biggest smile was that of a spectacularly gorgeous super-model (you’ve seen her in many a high-fashion ad).  She was from Holland.

Then a well-known Hollywood producer raised his glass to toast his hero – Ronald Reagan.  “We need him again,” he commented.  I guarantee you’ve watched one of his TV shows.

But when a self-made billionaire with an 11-figure private equity fund and a clear grasp of Austrian economics starts to talk about America’s prospects, you listen.  So we all listened.

Being in London, he started there.  “To call (new Brit PM David) Cameron a disaster is like calling Hurricane Katrina a squall.  He’s as much a Conservative as I am a Moslem.  I have already started preparing to relocate to Switzerland.  If he succeeds in his current push to raise capital gains taxes from 18% to 50% — and it looks like he will – the British economy and the London real estate market will crash.  The best play around will be to short the pound.

“In short, Cameron and Osborne (George Osborne, David Cameron’s Oxford classmate and now in Cameron’s cabinet as Chancellor of the Exchequer, equivalent to our Treasury Secretary) lead secret lives.  Just as they hide from the public that they are homosexual behind the pretense of a marriage, they hide their liberal agenda behind the pretense of being conservative. They will destroy Britain’s economy just as sure as Obama is destroying America’s.”

There followed a spirited exchange about financial escape hatches —  if the euro, the pound, and the dollar fall off their respective cliffs, where does anybody go?  The time-worn adage of “buy gold, buy silver, buy Swiss Francs” may work for individuals, but world equity markets are in a trap from which there is no clear exit.

One opinion was, “The best run governments around today are those of Canada and Singapore – having one’s savings denominated in their currencies is not a bad idea.”  Then we got back to America.

“You know what my biggest fear is?” our host asked.  “It’s not really Obama, for what he’s done is to accelerate what the liberals have been slowly doing for decades – so quickly that their socialism is obvious to everyone.  Which means the solution is obvious to everyone.  My biggest fear is that voters will give Republicans the power to repair America on November 2nd – and the Republicans won’t have the courage to do it.”

All I could respond with was “Ouch,” to shake my head and sigh.  I mentioned an email I just got from a friend of many years in Las Vegas.  He’s a very successful banker and businessman who knows everyone in Republican politics in Nevada – and I had asked his opinion of how Sharron Angle might possibly beat Harry Reid.  The reply I got back shocked me.  He will do nothing to help her, he said, as she is too “extreme.”

Why is she considered extreme? our host asked, not on intimate terms with Nevada primary elections.  Because she wants a government restricted to constitutional activities, I replied, which means, for example, eliminating such things as the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Our host leaned over the table to look at me as if his eyes were lasers.  “Jack, you need to explain something to your friend.  You need to explain something to America and all those Congressmen you know.  Amputate or die.  That’s the choice America has right now.  That’s the choice Republicans will have after November 2nd, because they’re the only surgeons around who can do the surgery.”

Everyone was quiet so he continued.  “Gangrene will kill you.  If you don’t amputate a finger or other limb that’s gangrenous, it will spread bacterially [via Clostridium perfringens], and you will die.  Look at these unconstitutional growths of government on the body public as gangrenous infections that have to be amputated for the body to continue living.”

He looked around the table at all of us.  “You know that I know all the main players in the world economy.  Some are fools who don’t know what they are doing like Strauss-Kahn (Dominque Strauss-Kahn, head of the IMF, International Monetary Fund), some are not like Trichet (Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank).  America has no adult on the economy’s lever – Geithner is more of a hopeless disaster than Bush’s Paulson was, and Bernanke is worse than Greenspan.

“So I don’t know any player whose smarts I really respect who has much hope for America, who doesn’t see an alternative future than the destruction of America’s wealth through hyper-inflation.  They think elephants will fly before Republican elephants will do what is necessary if the voters give them the power to do it.”

He looked at me – so everyone else did.  “Are they wrong, Jack?” The question hung in the air as I felt my face redden.

“Thanks, pal,” I responded with a smile to gain a little time.  Everyone did laugh for just a moment, then I had to jump into the waiting silence.  Here’s what I said.

“The situation is dire, there is no doubt, the gravest since the Civil War.  The only hope I see is with the anger of the TeaPartyers.  That anger is directed just as much towards Republican cowards as towards Democrat fascists.  We don’t have to wait long to see the power of that anger.  Just six days from now (6/22) in South Carolina, Nikki Haley the TeaPartyer is going to wipe out Gresham Barrett the RINO, even though the state GOP establishment is doing everything slimy to smear her.

“I think your player-friends have to see things not as Democrat vs. Republican but as the Court Party – the establishment in power be they Democrat or GOP – vs. the Country Party, the TeaPartyers who want an end to all the corruption, Dem or GOP.  Your players are part of the Court Party.  The TeaPartyers you might think are like those who led the French Revolution – but they are like those who led the American Revolution instead.

“Yes, the TeaPartyers own most of the 300 million guns in America, but they don’t want blood unless there’s no choice.  Note the ‘unless.’  November 2nd better be an honest election.   What the TeaPartyers must grasp is Churchill’s call after the battle of El Alamein [November 1942], that November is only ‘the end of the beginning.’

“So you are right – the only hope is radical surgery to cut out all the metastasizing cancer, to amputate unconstitutional gangrene, or another metaphor, to be like Alexander and cut the Gordian Knot with a swordstroke.

“But the question really is not whether Republicans have the courage to perform the surgery, to defund ObamaCare, to defund the entire Obama agenda, to defund entire agencies like the Department of Education, Energy, and the EPA.  It is whether the TeaPartyers have the courage and capacity to force the Republicans to. I mean, how is eliminating the EPA extreme, and EPA unconstitutional fascism not extreme?  We’ll find out, because they are America’s only hope now.”

Everyone waited for our host’s response.  “And the hyper-inflation?  The debt’s already baked in the cake, no matter what future spending is cut.”

“Hyper-inflation is only another word for total default.  The only way to avoid it is a government default on its debts only.  Then we can switch from a worthless fiat currency to an asset-backed currency.”  I smiled.  “Gold brings freedom.”

He smiled in return and raised his glass.  “We can all drink to that.  To gold, to freedom, and these TeaPartyers – may Jack be right about them.  May they amputate fascism before the fascists amputate our freedom.”

The Examiner.com

Canada delays seasonal flu shots amid concerns

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TORONTO, Oct. 6 (UPI) — Annual flu shots have been delayed in much of Canada because of an unpublished study suggesting the shots increase one’s likelihood of contracting swine flu.

Twelve of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories have put off the flu shots for most people until after H1N1 inoculations are done, probably by year’s end, The Wall Street Journal reported in Wednesday’s editions.

Researchers from the British Columbia Center for Disease Control, the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion and Laval University in Quebec co-authored the study. They say it has yet to be reviewed for publication in a journal, but won’t say which.

Few people have seen the study’s data and some remain skeptical of its conclusion, the Journal said. Perry Kendall, provincial health officer for British Columbia, said the study “wasn’t something we felt we could ignore.”

British Columbia decided to limit seasonal-flu shots to people age 65 and older until after the H1N1 vaccinations.

Kendall, who said he has seen the data and has spoken with the study’s co-authors, said the study suggests people vaccinated against seasonal flu are twice as likely to contract the swine flu.

“Why would you want to run the risk of doubling people’s risk of getting H1N1?” Kendall said.

Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said told reporters recently there is no “real explanation technically or scientifically” for a link between the seasonal flu shot and a greater chance of contracting H1N1.

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